Wednesday, April 25, 2018

地震週 Earthquake Week

根據「心聲」報導 (Voice News Vol. 195, April 20, 2018),每隔14個月,卑詩省和美國西海岸上的華盛頓州就會發生不下數百次的小型地震。專家表示预計2018年4月18日左右開始的两星期,卑詩省將會進入小型地震的頻發時期。



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Saturday, August 12, 2017

列治文緊急通報系統 Richmond BC Alert - Emergency Notification System



https://youtu.be/LsVV_2NQsR0
如果你住在列治文市,並希望在發生緊急災難時,可以即時收到列治文市政府發出的緊急信息,請立刻登入以下市政府官方網站,以英文免費登記你的姓名地址、電話和電郵,和家人的電話和電郵,所有資料絕對保密,市政府不會濫發垃圾電郵。 www.richmond.ca/safety/prepare/notify-me.htm
亦可直接進入登記專頁 www.richmondbcalert.ca 
上述登記以地址為單位,請你在搬家後,再次登入將整個舊地址資料删除,以新地址從新登記,以免新業主或租客不能登記,如有查詢請致電604-233-3333,謝謝合作。
請立刻登記,並轉發給你居住在列治文市的親友們。

暫時大温地區只有列治文,西温及北温有用電話、電郵及短訊的緊急通報系統,但所有市政府都有災難的緊急應變計劃刊登載在官方網站上,並鼓勵市民參加免費講座,學習與家人如何應變,更不時招募義工受訓加入防災隊伍,詳情請登入各市政府網站:

北岸緊急災難管理(向西温,北温市,和北温區域三市提供服務),亦有設立電話、短訊和電郵的 RapidNotify 緊急通報系統,登記請到NSEM網站  www.nsem.info/get-prepared/sign-emergency-notifications

至於卑詩省政府亦提供官方網站發報災難繄急资訊:www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca

Monday, May 1, 2017

EnerGuide rating 0-100 scale



Natural Resources Canada is working with partners as they prepare to adopt updates to the EnerGuide rating scale and other rating system components by province and territory across the country.  During this transition period, provinces and territories will continue to use the 0-100 scale until they are ready to adopt the new gigajoules per year scale. Learn more about what's changing.
When you have an EnerGuide evaluation completed for your home, you will receive an evaluation report, rating and a label. These products were derived from information collected by your energy advisor during the evaluation after being entered into NRCan’s modelling software which calculates the home’s EnerGuide rating.

EnerGuide rating


EnerGuide rating
The EnerGuide rating is a snapshot of the home’s energy performance at the time of the evaluation.
It is the energy efficiency score of your home and it ranges between 0and 100.
The more efficient a house, the higher the rating number:
0 represents a house with major air leakage, no insulation and high fuel consumption. In other words, a house with poor energy efficiency and high utility costs.
100 represents an airtight and well-insulated house where energy purchased and energy generated, through renewable sources, is equal. Also called a ‘net-zero’ home.

See how your home measures below:
House CharacteristicsTypical ERS Rating
Existing house not upgraded0 to 50
Upgraded existing house51 to 65
Energy-efficient upgraded existing house66 to 74
New house built to building code standards without energy requirements70 to 76
New house built to building code standards containing energy requirements77 to 80
Energy efficient new house81 to 85
High-performance, energy efficient new house86 to 99
Net zero house (energy purchased and energy generated, through renewable sources, is equal)100
Since only the house is rated and is not based on the number of occupants or how they use it, the energy simulation software uses a set of standardized operating conditions to evaluate the house.
The Standard Operating Conditions allow for comparisons of all houses so you get an objective measure to compare your house to another in your region. The EnerGuide rating is not just a number; it provides details on your house that you can’t get elsewhere such as how your home’s energy use compares to other homes in Canada.
The rating assumes a standard number of occupants and energy use patterns. The values are:
  • four occupants (two adults and two children) who are present 50 percent of the time;
  • a temperature set-point of 21°C for the main and upper floors and 19°C for the basement;
  • a consumption of 225 litres of domestic hot water per day;
  • an electricity consumption for lighting and appliances of 24 kilowatt hours (kWh) per day; and
  • a total minimum monthly average ventilation rate of 0.30 air change per hour during the heating season, including natural air infiltration and mechanical ventilation.

EnerGuide label


EnerGuide label
Text version
After the evaluation is performed for your home, an EnerGuide label will be affixed to your electrical panel.

If you decide to do a follow-up EnerGuide home evaluation after you complete energy efficiency upgrades in your home, you will also receive a new rating and a label.

EnerGuide evaluation report

EnerGuide evaluation report
The evaluation report is your roadmap to help you save energy.
The evaluation report provides you with your EnerGuide rating and a home energy action checklist with recommended retrofits to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

BC Licensed Home Inspector After September 1, 2016

How to Become a BC Licensed Home Inspector After September 1, 2016

If you are thinking about becoming a licensed home inspector in BC, this information is for you.  

In March of 2016, the provincial government announced changes to BC’s licensing and regulatory model for home inspectors that will come into effect on September 1, 2016. , Consumer Protection enforces BC’s consumer protection laws and has been regulating and licensing the home inspection sector since 2009.  Please keep reading to find out about the new requirements that apply to you. You can also read this important information bulletin that speaks to the new requirements for all home inspectors. 

Consumer Protection BC is providing this information to help you prepare for changes to the law that come into effect on September 1, 2016.  Please visit our web portal at  www.homeinspectionrightsbc.ca for updates. 

If you are in the process of completing or have enrolled in an education program prior to September 1, 2016, information specific to you will be available shortly.

Consumer Protection BC’s role

Consumer Protection BC regulates and licenses seven different business sectors and a number of consumer transactions including gift cards, credit reporting and consumer contracts.  One of the licensed business sectors that Consumer Protection regulates is home inspectors, and as part of that oversight Consumer Protection BC approves educational programs, handles consumer complaints, conducts inspections, enforces laws and provides consumer education.  

One of the changes coming into effect on September 1, 2016  is that membership in a home inspector association will no longer be required to qualify for a licence from Consumer Protection BC.  Therefore, practical training and peer review requirements currently required by and facilitated by the associations have been revised and will be the responsibility of the applicant on their path to licensing. This means that as of September 1, 2016, you will have more flexibility in obtaining the qualifications for licensing. 

Qualifications for Licensing    

(Graphical Representation of Steps to Become a Home Inspector) Here 


Effective September 1, 2016, in order to qualify for a home inspector licence, you must do all of the following:

  1.  Complete an approved educational program and submit proof of completion as part of your application package.  More information on approved educational programs can be found here 
  2. Pass a designated exam from one of the four examination bodies (formally designated associations). More information on designated home inspector exams can be found here.
  3. Complete 50 hours of practical training by accompanying an approved home inspector (trainer) on home inspections More information on this requirement is available here.  A list of approved trainers will be available prior to September 1, 2016.  
  4. Submit a peer recommendation letter signed by an approved home inspector (evaluator) that attests to your knowledge and ability to conduct home inspections and prepare home inspection reports. More information on this requirement is available here.  A list of approved trainers will be available prior to September 1, 2016.
  5. Complete and submit a full home inspector licence application package. The application package applicable for use after September 1, 2016 will be posted soon.
  6. Note for applications submitted prior to September 1, 2016 the application package applicable can be found here

Approved Educational Programs

Educational programs approved by Consumer Protection BC are assessed using a set of requirements outlined in law and policy. Any approved program must include at least 150 hours of direct instruction and be in preparation for a designated exam.  The curriculum must, at minimum, cover the following subject areas; roofing, flashing, chimneys, the exterior systems, the structural system, the electrical system, the heating and cooling systems, the insulation and venting systems, the plumbing system, and the interior systems.

We are currently in the process of reviewing and approving educational programs. Once programs have been approved they will be posted here

Designated Examinations 

Effective September 1, 2016, the designated examinations under the Home Inspector Licensing Regulation are:

  1. Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia’s (ASTT) House Inspection Competency Examination.   Examination page 
  2. Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors CAHPI(BC) Canadian Home Inspector Examination.  Examination page
  3. Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors’ Associate Level Examination. Examination page
  4. Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors’ National Home Inspector Examination (United States). Examination page

Practical Training 

As of September 1, 2016, the Home Inspector Licensing Regulation requires that you complete 50 hours of practical training by accompanying an approved home inspector (trainer) on home inspections.

The list of approved home inspectors (trainers) will be made available prior to September 1, 2016. Consumer Protection BC has prepared a sample pre-formatted applicant report form that may be used to track and record the practical training. The form is linked here. If you would like more information about the qualifications a trainer/evaluator must meet to be approved by Consumer Protection BC, see our approval policies.

Peer Recommendation Letter

In addition to the practical training, you must also provide, as part of your application, a peer recommendation letter that attests to the fact that you possess the knowledge and ability necessary to conduct home inspections and prepare home inspection reports. You must contact an approved evaluator and make arrangements to have them accompany you on a trial home inspection where they will evaluate your skills and abilities. If the assessment is successful, they will sign off the Peer Recommendation Letter which you must submit as part of your application package. Consumer Protection BC will provide a pre-formatted peer recommendation letter that an evaluator may choose to use. To find out more about the peer recommendation requirements Coming Soon. 

A list of approved evaluators will be available prior to September 1, 2016.  

Insurance

All home inspectors must demonstrate that they have obtained and maintain both errors and omissions and comprehensive general liability insurance. Specifically, licensed home inspectors must have a minimum of $1 million limit/aggregate coverage for both errors & omissions and comprehensive general liability.  The policy cannot exclude water ingress. 

The insurance must be issued by an insurance company authorized under the BC Financial Institutions Act, or Office of the Superintendent of Financial Intuitions and the insurance policy must be in the name of the home inspector.

A list of authorized insurance companies can be found at: http://www.fic.gov.bc.ca/web_listings/AuthorizedInsuranceCompanies.aspx
http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/Eng/osfi-bsif/Pages/default.aspx

Residential Declarations (current requirement) 

Home Inspector Licensing Regulation requires that all licensed home inspectors maintain and declare a business location where they keep records. 
Home inspectors not operating from a retail or commercial location will be required to complete a statutory declaration for working from a non-commercial location i.e. home based business.  Here 

Criminal Record Check (current requirement)

Applicants are required to complete and submit a Consent for Disclosure of Criminal Record Information form found here. Anyone who has been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada or any other statute must also complete and submit a Consent for Disclosure of Criminal Record Information form and a Statutory Declaration of Criminal Record form found here.  

For more information

We understand that it can be difficult to understand all the implications of a change to the law. If you have questions about the new rules or about our processes, we are happy to help you.  Please contact us at 1-888-564-9963 or operations@consumerprotectionbc.ca.  Our online information is consistently being updated and we encourage you to visit www.homeinspectionrightsbc.ca often.